Alexandra Park 4s 6 – Winchmore Hill 6s 2

SAL Minor Div 1 North | November 1, 2014

Scorers: O.G., Robertson(2), Forbes, Carpenter, Amankwah

After 3 defeats on the trot the 4s were in desperate need for a win not only to kick start our league campaign and give ourselves a confidence boost. We started out in a 4-3-3 formation with Thompson in goal, Smith, McGlogan, Ziggy Harris and Gregory at the back, Carpenter, Lagos and Biss the midfield three and Tabram, Wellman and Robertson up front.

Winchmore started strongest and had the better of it for the first 10 mins with AP struggling to find our rhythmn which considering we had a fair few new players was to be expected. Winchmore took the went ahead on 15 mins when their winger picked the ball up about 40 yards out and went on a run to the edge of the box before angling the ball past Thompson. This gave us a kick up the backsides and we started to create the Winchmore defence problems with Tabram hitting the post from the edge of the box and then the bar after being played in by Wellman. Winchmore looked dangerous on the counter with their centre midfielder came close from the edge of the box and their striker hitting the post. We got the equaliser in slightly fortuitously circumstances after Tabram took the ball past a couple of defenders on the right and put a dangerous ball across the six yard box which the Winchmore centre back turned into his own net while under no pressure. We took the lead about 5 mins later with what Max will claim as the assist of the season when he took a goal kick short and, under pressue, “threaded” a ball through the entire midfield, under a defenders boot and into the Winchmore penalty area where Robertson was quickest onto it to finish with a deft touch over the on rushing keeper. Although fairly lucky it was fully deserved as we had started to dominate the centre of the park with Carpenter, Biss and Lagos showing the right mix of guile and aggression and the front three putting the Winchmore backline under a lot of pressure. We extended our lead further just before the break with the goal of the game when Robertson picking the ball up 25 yards out, slightly to the left of the goal, and curling one into the opposite corner.

Second half we prepared for all out Winchmore attack as we defended downhill with the sun at just the right height to make you feel you were playing in a shadow puppetry version of Escape to Victory. The first 10 mins saw a succesion of dangerous corners for Winchmore as they looked to reduce our advantage with one going all the way across the six yard box with noone able to get a touch. This was followed shortly afterwards by a crucial clearance off the line from half time sub Forbes. We were holding our own and looking dangerous on the break where we got our fourth goal, shortly after Tabram claimed his no scoring “hat trick” by hitting the post again, when Forbes went on a mazy run cutting into the penalty box from the left before lifing the ball over the keeper from the byline. Our fifth came shortly afterwards via a Carpenter daisy cutter from the edge of the box which the Winchmore keeper let go under his hands. With the game wrapped up we controlled the game well in the middle of the park and created several other chances. Winchmore got their second with a nice move on the counter with about 15 mins left before Amankwah, another second half sub, got the last goal of the game with a tidy finish from just inside the penalty area.

A great all round performance and, despite a couple of “lucky” goals, a victory that had been coming after our previous good performances. As a team, aside from a nervy start, we were solid throughout. The back 5, organized superbly by Charlie, were up to anything Winchmore threw at them, the midfield didn’t let the opposition settle and won their individual batteles and the forwards looked dangerous all game. It was especially nice to see the number of goal scoring chances we created which had been our weak point in our last few games. We need to continue playing this way if we are to climb up the table.

MoM: Robertson

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